Detection Of Pollutant Gases On Alien Worlds As Evidence For Intelligent Life

by on July 30, 2014
Scientists from Harvard’s Center for Astronomy have completed a theoretical study that suggests under the right conditions, existing optical technology is powerful enough to detect atmospheric pollution that would imply presence of intelligence on alien worlds. Current methods call for detecting methane or oxygen as a means to narrow the search for life on alien […]

Subjective Knowledge Causes Choice Overload And Makes Consumers Buy Less

by on July 29, 2014
According to a series of articles published in a journal belonging to the Association for Psychological Science, Psychological Science, the degree of subjective knowledge consumers self-report having about a certain product has deep effects on their decision to buy or not. Specifically, the lead author Dr. Liat Hadar says, the study revealed that there are […]


Shrouded In Secrecy, British Autonomous Stealth Drone Taranis Takes 2nd Test Flight

by on July 28, 2014
BAE Systems, a British defense company, announced that its highly secret, stealth drone named Taranis has just finished its second set of flight trials in late 2013 and early 2014.  The stealth drone was unveiled in 2010 in the U.K.. The project with a price tag of $316 million is being led by BAE Systems […]

Nonablative Laser Light Increases Influenza Vaccine Response 4 to 7-fold

by on July 28, 2014
Influenza imposes a heavy annual public health burden, and lies historically at the heart of a number of global pandemics that killed tens of millions.  To overcome the challenges of manufacturing enough vaccines such that we may stave off the next epidemic, medical researchers are searching for ways to strengthen or extend the power of […]


5 Maverick Fusion Companies Backed By Venture Capitalists Or Public Money

by on July 28, 2014
Government Funding For Fusion Remains Robust The Department of Energy (DOE) runs the Fusion Energy Sciences program which manages much of fusion-related research in the U.S.  The budget in 2014 was set at approximately $500 million dollars, with a large fraction at $200-$225 million going into the ITER, or International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, being built by […]

Successful Restoration Of Memory and Learning By Neuron Transplantation In Alzheimers Mice

by on July 26, 2014
Scientists from the University of California San Francisco and the Gladstone Institute transplanted neuronal precursor cells into the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease and showed elimination of memory and learning deficits, in addition to restoration of normal cognitive function.  To date clinical trials, commercial and academic investigators have largely focused on finding therapeutic molecules, but this […]


Third Most Dangerous Earth Impactor Asteroid Bennu To Be Visited By NASA Spacecraft

by on July 26, 2014
NASA is close to deploying a spacecraft as part of its OSIRIS-REx mission to visit the asteroid Bennu, a potential Earth impactor that is listed in the Sentry Risk Table and has the distinction having the third highest danger rating on the well-known Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale. This isn’t the first asteroid we have visited, but is the first that has the […]

European Space Agency’s Rosetta Spacecraft Captures Movie Of A Comet Rotating In Space

by on July 25, 2014
  In March 2004, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched its Rosetta probe to orbit and land on a solar system comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  The comet has a period around the sun of 6.5 years, and in August 2014 is expected to make its closest approach to the sun.  The proximity means that we have an unprecedented […]


New Method To Stop Asthma Hyperreactivity By Inhibiting Lung TRPV1 Nerve Cells

by on July 25, 2014
Researchers from Columbia University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have found a crucial set of nerve cells that control asthma attacks.  The new research suggest an alternative way to modulate the severity of asthma by inhibiting nerve cells.  To date all therapies for asthma rely on suppression of inflammation but control is imperfect as corticosteroids […]
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Immunity To Alcohol Through Genetically Engineered Potassium Channel

by on July 25, 2014
Neuroscientists and biologists from the University of Texas successfully created genetically modified worms which carry human-version of potassium channels immune to the effects of alcohol.  The results of the experiment makes possible the development of a treatment that reduces the debilitating effects of withdrawal.  Jonathan Pierce-Shimomura, assistant professor of neuroscience, was the principal investigator in […]